Ebonyi PDP, Abia APC, Edeoga reject guber results, vow to reclaim mandates
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi State chapter, has rejected the result of the governorship election in the state, noting that results in its possession show clearly that its candidate, Dr. Ifeanyi Odii, won the governorship poll.
Briefing journalists at press briefing in Abakaliki, the Acting Chairman of the party, Ifeanyi Nworie, vowed that with the evidence they have, the party will challenge the result of the election in court.
The party claimed that its candidate scored the highest lawful votes cast and not Francis Nwifuru, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He alleged that the election was marred by intimidation of voters and other electoral fraud.
Nworie, who was the candidate of the party for Ezza South state Constituency at the poll, lamented that many PDP supporters in the state were arrested and put behind bars on trumped up charges, while some were even killed during the election.
MEANWHILE, the Abia State All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the results of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state, saying it is reviewing the results critically and carefully to take necessary measures in due course.
The state Returning Officer for the governorship and state Assembly poll, Prof. Nnenna Oti, had announced the Labour Party’s governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, who polled 175,467 votes, as winner, followed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Okey Ahiwe, with 88,529 votes.
The APC rejected the result, yesterday, in a statement jointly signed by its state Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Ononogbu, state Secretary, Chidi Avajah and the Director General of Ikechi Emenike Campaign Organisation, Uche Ogboso.
The APC argued that the election results did not reflect real votes cast or the preferences of Abians, adding that results being circulated are unsustainable; hence, it rejected the election outcome in its entirety.
ALSO, the Labour Party governorship candidate in Enugu State, Chijioke Edeoga, yesterday, claimed he won the governorship election, held last Saturday, and vowed he would explore every legal means to retrieve his mandate.
The PDP candidate, Dr. Peter Mbah, was, on Wednesday, announced by INEC, as winner of the election after he polled 160,895 votes against Edeoga’s 157,552 votes.
Reacting to the declaration, Edeoga stated that it was not in consonance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Enugu State and their democratic intentions.